The Programme will combine formal presentations, interactive discussions and field experiences. Participants will make a 12-day journey through the Murray-Darling basin of Australia, learning about this history of this area particularly as it relates to challenges and solution for water resource management. While in the basin, participants will be able to interact and learn from a wide range of stakeholders, including local scholars, government officials, community members, and private enterprises. These field visits will then be discussed for drawing parallels with South Asian and HKH water contexts.

Research and policy insights will be shared through conversation among peers during the Programme. This process will be facilitated by ICE WaRM and ICIMOD, through a combination of dialogues with policy makers, implementers, regulators, farmers and academics, amongst others. These dialogues will be supported by selected field visits, including illustrations of basin and cross-basin perspectives.

The intellectually intensive and conversation-based interaction among participants will open up opportunity for innovative ideas and visions for the future of sustainable waters for the HKH.

Learning Approach

The WLP is designed to update key competencies in water resource research and management through the shared experience of Australia, and in conversation with South Asian experiences. The programme pedagogy is based on an adult learning approach and interactive discussion format.

The course creates ample space and opportunity to exchange of ideas and approaches and update knowledge. It requires active participation from all participants. Class sessions will be facilitated by experts with case studies and field visits.

In addition to formal programme, there will be cultural interactive programme to facilitate effective partnership building among participants.

A certificate will be granted to participants who successfully complete the Programme and its requirements.

Resource Persons

The Programme was co-designed by Dr Ian Reid, Chief Academic Officer, ICE WaRM and Dr Arun B Shrestha, Senior Climate Change Specialist and River Basin and Cryosphere Regional Programme Manager, ICIMOD.

Other resource persons and invited speakers will come from Australian universities and research institutes, government departments, and public and private organizations.


Full funding for participation in the Programme, including international and domestic travel to and in Australia, visa fees, accommodation, programme registration and tuition fees, and daily subsistence allowance will be provided to participants.

The Programme does not cover health and travel insurance for the trip and duration of time in Australia, nor does it provide the costs of a health check if required for the visa application.

Key Dates:

  • Date of Circulation: 22 January 2018
  • Deadline for application: 17:00 Nepal Standard Time, 5 February 2018
  • Notification of selection: 15 February 2018
  • Program Dates: 8 April – 19 April 2018

The WLP will be held in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia, along with classroom modules in Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, and field visits along the Murray River.